For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfiction wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine: gripping firsthand dispatches from inside NASA's clandestine operations in Houston and Cape Kennedy, technical insights into the magnitude of their awe-inspiring feat and prescient meditations that place the event in human context as only Mailer could.
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